Is it really so difficult for big companies to make accommodations for pregnant women? I’m asking honestly becausethis womanhad to sue Chipotle for discriminationafter her manager fired her over her pregnancy.

Seriously, my blood just boils every time I hear about this nonsense. Roughly half of the population can getpregnant at some point, so let’s all get on board with accommodations as a society. Anything less is absurd.

All The Ways Your Employer Cannot Discriminate Against You

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a government agency that protects civil rights in the workplace. People in the US have certain rights against discrimination and the EEOC focuses on those rights as they apply tohiring and firing and general employment practices.

To protect people’s rights, there’s a whole set of federal equal employment opportunity laws that make sure people aren’t getting fired based on arbitrary qualities.

According to the EEOC, it is illegal to be fired (or not hired) based on any of the following characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Equal Pay/Compensation
  • Genetic Information
  • Harassment
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race/Color
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sex
  • Sexual Harassment

In other words, competency is key. If you can do the job, you get to keep the job and cannot be fired no matter your race, sex, family status, age etc…

OK, no more rants; back to the story.

According to theWashington Business Journal,Doris Garcia Hernandezbecame pregnant in 2011 while working at a Washington, DC Chipotle. Once Doristold her manager, referred to as David in her lawsuit, he reportedly startedimposing restrictions on her and not on any other employees. (That’s textbook discrimination, by the way.)

The lawsuit alleged,

Upon learning of her pregnancy, David told Ms. Garcia that she had to announce to every employee in the store when she was going to the bathroom and that David would have to approve her bathroom breaks so that he could cover her work position for her. David did not impose these requirements on non-pregnant employees.

David reportedly fired Doris in the main area of the Chipotle a day after she left early for a pre-natal appointment, even though she repeatedlyrequested to be given permission.

Jonathan Smith, the executive director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, which helped Doris file the suit, said,

We are grateful to the jury for vindicating the rights of our client to be free from pregnancy discrimination and to send a message to other employers that this practice is intolerable.

Thank you, Mr. Smith, for helping Doris fight back against the ridiculousnessthat is pregnancy discrimination. Pregnant women are literally carrying the future. The absolute least we could all do is not fire them.


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I don’t care if I haven’t had sex in one hundred years, was on birth control and used a condom if my period is a day late, I am absolutely CONVINCED I’m pregnant.

Still a little sick from the enchiladas I had for dinner last night? That’s definitely morning sickness.Still a little bloated from the same enchilada? That’s definitely baby weight.Crying because I’m fat and feel like I’m going to puke my brains out? It’s because I’m hormonal, obvs.

My brain launches into an all-out PANIC.What will I name my child?! What’s the maternity leave policy at my office?! Do we even like have one…? Where will it sleep? Do I even have enough space in my apartment?

Are the three minutes spent waiting fortest results more or less scary than living in this constant state of unknown panic?

Come along with me on my journey here as I flesh out the 33 thoughts we all have when we’re convinced we’re pregnant.

1. Oh my gosh, I’m a day late.

2. Do I get a test?

3. No, don’t want to scare myself.

4. But, ugh, is not getting a test scarier?!

5. I mean, what’s the point of getting a test… I’m pregnant.

6. OK, I’m not actually pregnant…

7. But what if I am!

8. Is this a sign?

9. Well, I can’t keep it.

10. OK,but what if I have a terminal illness I don’t know about yetand this child is my only legacy for my loved ones?!

11. OR what if my child is the chosen one and God inflicted this pregnancy on me because my child was intended to save the world fromany and all evil?

12. OR maybe I’mjust getting fat.

13. Am I hungover, or is this morning sickness?

14. …or both?

15. What will I name them?

16. It kind of feels like a boy.

17. If I get an abortion, will I be cursed forever and not be able to get pregnant again?

18. Do I even need an abortion after what I did to my body last weekend…?

19. Ugh, dangCatholic guilt. I can’t get an abortion.

20. If I put it up for adoption, can I avoid the whole being cursed thing?

21. How do I even go about the whole putting it up for adoption thing?

22. If I did that, would I go to work pregnant or would I go home and work remotely for nine months and just tell people I went to rehab or something?

23. Ugh. I can’t takethat much time out of the office.

24. I wonder if my mom would raise the baby as her own…she did a pretty good job with me (minus the whole getting knocked up thing, oops).

25. Maybe they’ll make a sitcom about me like “pregnant girl on the job” or “hot young professional got knocked up” and this could be my big break.

26. OMG, do I get an agent?!

27. Who do I tell first about thispossible pregnancy, my boyfriend or my agent?

28. How much money do I even have? Could I raise this thing?

29. I could toooooootally be a working mom.

30. OK, I probably couldn’t.

31. Where would the baby go in my apartment?!

32. Do I have to get married?!!?

33. Holy shit, I take back every time I ever complained about my period. BLEED, UTERUS, BLEED.


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